This session is adapted from a session used by Chelsea development coaches.
Warm Up: Shooting Gallery - More often than not most of the players will grab a ball when they get to training and either start shooting at a keeper and blasting the ball at each other over varying distances. So I thought I would start this session off by giving them what they want. In this drill the players get a lot of time on the ball to perfect the technique. when shooting get the players to look at the target on the run up and put accuracy before power. The players at either end of the shooting lane take turns at shooting, making sure they give the keeper time to turn, Keep at least a 2 yard gap between goals and don't let players get too close when taking shots.
You can make it easier by not using a keeper. You can make it harder by having someone serve the ball to the shot taker.
Work in small groups: Racing through on Goal - The central player passes through one of the gates for the striker to run, control and then shoot into the corner of the goal (across the goalkeeper). The practice works to the right and then left, by ensuring players rotate starting positions they get to work on shooting with both feet
To make it easier use a cone instead of a goalkeeper and to make it harder introduce a defender to chase the striker.
Combination Play - Player A dribbles towards the goal completing a skill and shoots
at goal (across the goalkeeper). Player B then passes to Player A and runs to receive a
return pass to shoot at goal. Player B now becomes a defender as Player C dribbles towards the goal. Player C know has the option of shooting themselves or using Player A (playing 2v1)
The coach should ensure players get to play from each of the starting points. To make the drill easier remove the goalkeeper, to make it harder add a defender for each stage.
Work in small areas: Chelsea Game - Playing 4v4 or 5v5 in one half of the pitch. one team are trying to combine quickly to score a goal. The other team are trying to play a through ball in order to get a player running through on goal 1v1 to score against the goalkeeper. Don't forget to swap over the teams objectives.
Group Work: Normal Match – Follow this with a normal game. Focus on the skills learnt in the session, giving particular praise to players taking their opportunites to shoot at goal.
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